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May tourism numbers continue 2009 dip

The decline in tourists coming to Nova Scotia this year continued inMay as the province saw a decrease of two per cent for the month fromthis year to last.

The decline in tourists coming to Nova Scotia this year continued in May as the province saw a decrease of two per cent for the month from this year to last.

A government release yesterday said 175,000 visitors came to the province in May, with the number of room nights sold down by 12 per cent. Some good news is that road travel was up nine per cent, and there was a four per cent increase in the amount of Atlantic Canadians visiting the province.

Overall through the first five months of 2009, there is a seven per cent decrease in tourists compared to January through May of 2008. There is also a 24 per cent decline in air visitation and room nights sold are down by eight per cent. Road traffic is up by three per cent, with Atlantic Canadians making up 75 per cent of the visitors to the province.